Fuel variability identification

Fuel variability identification

Fuel quality varies dramatically at a local, regional and global level. All conventional fuels are different because their composition mainly depends of refining tools and blending strategies. Moreover voluntary or involuntary adulteration of the fuel leads to change widely its quality.

The fuel variability comes from:
• More than 600 refineries process and blend various crude oil quality with different strategies leading to complex and various fuel quality
• Environmental and political incentives lead to the incorporation of biofuels and new synthetic components
• Local fuel regulations and Specification ranges
• Fuel adulteration issue: Kerosene or water have been diverted from their initial use for adulteration in petrol and diesel. The incentive is the huge price difference between fuel and adulterant product.
• Fuel storage impact: You might think that the fuel used in September will be as good as the one stored in March… In a perfect world it could be... However, reality is far from it. Storage conditions, condensation, bacteria or the fuel itself can all distort its composition. Depending on the type and degree of the contamination, fuel could generate engine failure